Found in Translation
January 27 – April 28, 2007
MCBA Star Tribune Foundation Gallery
While verbal language can create barriers, visual art is a universal language that transcends boundaries. Found in Translation: Art and Language in Global Culture is an international touring exhibition that explores translation as a link between expression and understanding. Included in the exhibition are multi-lingual artists’ books, prints, and digital and video documentation of innovative projects. Found in Translation is co-produced by Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Booklyn Artists Alliance, the San Francisco Center for the Book, and the Center for Book Arts (New York). In times characterized simultaneously by globalization and intolerance, the need for effective communication, empathetic comprehension, and thoughtful translation is even more acute. The works included in this exhibition demonstrate the power of imagery and its exponential strength when paired with text. Found in Translation is a mind-expanding view into both the process and implications of translation. Using text from many languages (including English, Japanese, French, Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish, Khirghiz, Russian, and German), in a variety of media (books, audio CDs, video, photographs and computer software), the exhibit also invites hands-on interaction with the artwork.